fScanX
fScanX 1.8.2.1
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Fujitsu scanner drivers.   Demo ($39.99)
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fScanX provides Mac OS X support for the Fujitsu fi-6130z, fi-6230z, fi-6140z, fi-6240z, fi-5530C2, fi-4340C, fi-6670, fi-6770, fi-6800 and fi-5950 sheetfed scanners.

Throughput is up to 135 pages per minute, with output to multi-page TIFF or PDF files. The package includes a stand-alone scanning application, an Automator action for easy creation of scanning workflows, and a command-line utility for use in developing automated solutions with any development environment.

Pricing begins at $149 USD for the fi-6130z, and is different for each model of scanner
What's New
Version 1.8.2.1:
  • Fix bug in width-check for landscape scans. (Without losing page count in scan completion message.)
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7.5 or later



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davert commented on 17 Jun 2013
I am trying to figure out why to buy or not buy this. The vendor's web site and description do not mention any specific advantages over the free software from Fujitsu. Help?
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Prince_Isaac replied on 19 Sep 2013
I agree; it makes no sense whatsoever. Perhaps there are some hidden features that would make dropping $150 worthwhile, but none that I can see.
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Elevated Software Development, Inc. (developer) replied on 10 Nov 2013
Uhmmm, it runs on Mac?

;-)
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davert replied on 10 Nov 2013
My bad. Yes, the Fujitsu software that runs on Mac supports a much more limited number of scanners.
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Psychiatry replied on 12 Nov 2013
Since the Fujitsu fi-5950 scanner costs $21,000 and doesn't have Mac drivers, this software is CHEAP and WORTH IT.

If your Fujitsu scanner already comes with Mac drivers, you don't need this software. But if your EXPENSIVE Fujitsu scanner doesn't have Mac drivers, then this driver is very inexpensive and worthwhile.

My only concern is that the company has been around for only 5 years. Will it be around long enough to support future versions of OS X? Of course, if your current Fujitsu scanner doesn't have Mac drivers, this point is moot. You need this software. And the price is right.
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Elevated Software Development, Inc. (developer) replied on 12 Nov 2013
Hey, psychiatry, thanks for the kind words. I was a little sarcastic with davert in my first response, and having seen his reply had been thinking about expanding a bit. Now, with your reply, I definitely need to ;-)

@davert: Fujitsu makes a whole line of scanners that are faster (and more durable) than the ScanSnaps. Basically, the ScanSnaps that so many Mac users know and love are intended as personal scanners, for limited duty cycles--which is perfect for the vast majority of users. The "fi-Series" scanners, on the other hand, are intended for much heavier use in workgroup/departmental situations, range in speed from 30 pages/minute to 135 pages/minute, and range in list price from about $1,200 to $25,000 (generally can be had for 25% or so under list). As a note, the price shown here, $149, is for the low end--I charge a lot more for that $25,000 scanner because I will never ever sell enough of them that $149 would pay for the effort of optimizing the software to keep up with that device.

@Psychiatry: The company has only been around 5 years because that's when I finally hired some (temporary) help and had to deal with payroll. The product actually went on sale in 2004. And I have been in this business for, well, way too long before that even...
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davert replied on 13 Nov 2013
Yes, I owe an apology to the developer. Five years, by the way, is not a bad run for a software company. Most scanner companies don't seem to support their own drivers that long. If I had one of these high-end machines, I'd certainly consider this software for it... but doesn't make sense for the few models that come with their own Mac software (which I don't think he supports anyway - why would he?). Obviously there's always a risk but from what I've seen, the risk is no higher when dealing with a large company (seen Qualcomm's latest Eudora update lately? Ever deal with SPSS or IBM?)
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Elevated Software Development, Inc. (developer) replied on 13 Nov 2013
Hey thanks ;-)

Although I do not support the ScanSnaps that currently come with Mac software, I do have a companion product in the Mac App Store, called "fScanX Home Edition", which supports some older ScanSnaps--both ones which never came with Mac software at all, and ones for whom the Mac software became obsolete and will no longer run.

I plan to gradually expand that product to cover all ScanSnaps, both because I occasionally actually get a request for the Automator action or command-line utility for a scanner that is currently supported by Fujitsu, and because today's supported scanner is tomorrow's unsupported scanner anyway.
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Prince_Isaac replied on 13 Nov 2013
@ Elevated...
I too owe you an apology. Your post and @psychiatry's post of 12 Nov provided an excellent backdrop for your product, and the price now makes a whole lot of sense. As a long-time Scansnap (with Devonthink Pro), I totally agree with your assessment that it's a consumer device, one that is tops in that category. Best of success with your line of products.
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Type:Drivers : Scanners
License:Demo
Date:03 Feb 2014
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
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fScanX provides Mac OS X support for the Fujitsu fi-6130z, fi-6230z, fi-6140z, fi-6240z, fi-5530C2, fi-4340C, fi-6670, fi-6770, fi-6800 and fi-5950 sheetfed scanners.

Throughput is up to 135 pages per minute, with output to multi-page TIFF or PDF files. The package includes a stand-alone scanning application, an Automator action for easy creation of scanning workflows, and a command-line utility for use in developing automated solutions with any development environment.

Pricing begins at $149 USD for the fi-6130z, and is different for each model of scanner supported. See pricing here.


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